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Handmade Holidays - DIY Winter Necklace

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Welcome Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Visitors!

Jewelry is such a great gift to give as a gift and handmade jewelry is treasured even more since you put your heart into it! Giving a piece that's seasonal is fun too since every year they will be reminded of your love year after year.

For this project you need:

CreativitE - Winter Necklace

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I like using Ice Resin for projects like this because it's a jeweler's grade resin, so it's dries clear, is naturally doming, self-leveling, and there's NO BUBBLES...that's HUGE my crafty friends!!! Now while they sell this two part resin in individual contains that you can mix (which is great if you're making a bunch of jewelry for all your friends), I strongly recommend getting the one that has a pump so you can accurately squeeze out the exact amount you need of each part, it' makes it sooooo much easier if you're just making a few pieces! Oh, and you can just use the amount you need and place the cap back on to use it later. -Love that!

 

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Ok, here's a video tutorial on how to create your very own necklace to keep to give as a gift:

 

 

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This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

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So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life or with all of the creative ideas that are out there just waiting for you on your Pinterest page?  (If not, you can visit my Pinterest page HERE!)

I'm right there with ya!  This year has been hard for me to not constantly be playing catch up with my home and work life...partly because of these devils cuties, don't get me wrong, I love them, but boy does having a puppy wreak havoc on your calendar.

Golden Retriever Australian Labradoodle

Well, I'm still determined to get back on track and I have been working on some blog articles just for you...but in the meanwhile here's some of my favorite spring projects I'd like to add to my "maybe I'll make this" list.

Crochet cake dome
Crochet Cake Dome from: Daily Fix
 
 
He Has Risen PrintableHe Has Risen FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue
 
 
Wire letters DIY ornament
Personalized Wire Ornaments by Crafts Unleashed

Happy crafting!

 

 

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A little mini-book (with a free tutorial download)

In my last post you I mentioned that I was doing some guest design work for Little Yellow Bicycle...well, here's my newest project, you can read the blog post about it over HERE

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As you can see, it's not a big book but, it's cute & little...the perfect little brag book.

The book itself is constructed with just one sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper, but you can use other sizes too, like I have with the mini art journal I use in my Art Journaling 101 online workshop (there's a tiny peek of that art journal HERE).  For a limited time you can download the instructions on how to create this mini book HERE, for free!  I also made this video over on Curious so that you can see how it goes together...sometimes seeing it makes more sense.
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Here's the first inside page, I tried to keep them pretty simple and clean...

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And the next...

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And the last one, with my nieces and nephew....
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And here's the last page...
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I can't believe I actually scrapbooked!  Woo-hoo!! 

What crafty projects have you done recently?  Leave me the link below in the comments & I'll stop by and check them out!

 

sponsor: Little Yellow Bicycle

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Valentine's Day Mug Swap (#vdaymugswap)

A few weeks ago I saw that Caroline (Sew Caroline) and Alissa (Rags to Stitches) were hosting a Valentine's Day Mug Swap...well of course I wanted in on that! Fun, fun! So I was matched up with Paulina (Austenland Accessories) and this is what I sent her....

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And then she totally spoiled me and sent me this...

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Cool, eh?!  

It's funny because our tastes are pretty different...she's shabby chic and I'm bold colors & graphic designs...and yet I think we did a pretty awesome job at getting each other a little something to brighten up the day.

InstagramTo check out what other people gave/received look for the #vdaymugswap hashtag on Instagram.  And while you're there, follow me (ErinBassett).

 

 

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"Love" Shadow Box & A Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone, I'm guest blogging today over on the Colorbök blog and sharing a couple of projects I created with the Cloud 9 "Fiesta" collection.

First up is this 5" x 7" shadow box. 

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I made the frame out of some coordinating cardstock that I had cut out using my Silhouette and. Once I put the frame together I then punched out the die-cut alphabet, sanded the edges, and then added some faux stitches with a pen. I popped up the letters with some foam adhesive to give them some dimension.

Oh, and you see that "v"...it used to be an "x"!  Trimmed down it's the perfect size to float above the tail of the "L".
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And of course I had to use one of the fabric flowers and the adorable heart button as an embellishment!
Love Box

Next I created a scrapbook layout about our puppy, Willow. I really like the offset look of the glittered patterned paper I used for the background.

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I added the one of the die-cut papers, trimming it to fit, and sewed it to the page.

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I also added some messy stitches to the fabric stickers as well.  
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So that's my projects!  I'd love to see what YOU have done with this collection.  Leave a comment below with a link to your projects so we can all check them out!

 

Sponsor: Colorbök

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Jazz up your coffee sleeve!

Today's the day I finish up my term on the Faber-Castell guest design team. (Boo-hoo!) I have a blog post up over there with a tutorial on how I upcycled this Starbucks coffee sleeve and altered it to be a bit more artsy!

Jazz up your coffee sleeve!


It was pretty quick to make since they are so small, but I think it really has a big impact! 

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Now I'll always know which coffee is mine.  :)

In other news, guess where I am right now?  Inspiration Unlimited!  I can't wait to tell you all about it next week when I'm home.  It's always so fun to see everyone again...it's kind of like a reunion LOL.  And there's always great projects there too.  So fun!

Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter to win this True Scrap 4 prize...so go enter to win if you haven't already!

 

Sponsor: Faber-Castell

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Mod Podge Rocks! Fabric Covered Books

This blog post was featured on Mod Podge Rocks blog and I'm re-posting it here for all of you.   Also, in more Mod Podge news, I recently had the joy of having one of my projects published in the book Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World...it's a great book with so many great ideas in it!

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Hi everyone, today I'm going to share with you a quick project that will really spiff up your home....it's also perfect for you art journalers who like to work in books!

image from www.flickr.com
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I love to use book around my home as part of the decor.  It's a great way to add visual interest and sometimes give a favorite item a boost in it's height.  My only problem is that books covers don't aways "go" with my decor...so here's a great way to change it.

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Just grab some books, Mod Podge (I used a matte finish), fabric, scissors, brayer, and an old hotel room key (or even a piece of cardboard will do), and some paper towels to clean up any excess.

For projects like this I like to put some Mod Podge into a squeezable container so that it's easier to control and I'm less likely to dump out too much.  You can see that I'm not really a "clean" crafter & I already made a mess just transferring it...but I'm sure you'll be much neater about it.  ;)

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Start off by squirting out some Mod Podge all over one side of your book.

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Next use the hotel key to spread it all over.  Make sure that you cover it completely, especially the grove near the spine.

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Then apply the fabric, smoothing it out with your hands and the brayer.  If you happen to see that it's not sticking well somewhere you can add a bit more Mod Podge under the fabric and smooth it down again.

When you're done with one side, flip it over and do the spine and the other side.

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Next, open the book up.  Cut small slits near the spine and trim down the spine piece.

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Then you're ready to adhere the "flaps" down to the inside covers.  Since I am using these as decor I'm not too worried about what it's going to look like on the inside, so I just glued them down with Mod Podge.  If that's going to bother you then you can always cover up the inside cover with another piece of fabric after you glue down the flaps.

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For the corners, I just folded them like I was gift wrapping a box and made sure that they had plenty of Mod Podge in the layers of the fabric. 


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After the edges are adhered, apply some Mod Podge to the spine piece and tuck it down in the spine....you may have to use tweezers or some sort of tool to get it down there if it's tight.
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And that's it!!  They are really quick to make and they don't take too much time to dry either.  

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Go grab those books you have just laying around and get them covered!!

ERIN

 

 

Erin Bassett

 

Erin Bassett writes the blog creativitE and considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work". She has been published in many books and magazines including Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World. Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day. Her current loves are mixed media art, scrapbooking, papercrafts, sewing, and screen printing. 

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